TOURNAMENT OF TITANS RULES AND GUIDLINES

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction + Participation and Eligibility ………………………………………………………………… 2
  2. Entry Fees ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2
  3. Watercraft …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
  4. General Rules ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
  5. Qualifying Fish …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2
  6. Weigh-In ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
  7. Scoring ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
  8. Photo Criteria ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
  9. Measuring Device …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
  10. Ties ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3-4
  11. Rules, Interpretations, and Protests ……………………………………………………………………….. 4
  12. Polygraph ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
  13. Payouts    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
  14. Competitor Conduct …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4-5

 

INTRODUCTION: The Tournament of Titans is open to all anglers provided they meet the requirements and honor all rules and regulations stated.

 

  1. Participation and Eligibility
    1. Tournament is open to the public
    2. All anglers must have a valid fishing license and follow all state governed rules.
    3. All anglers must wear their PFD at ALL times.
    4. All anglers must be 18 years or order.
    5. Winners must complete a W-9 form. If they are unwilling to do so, then they will be disqualified from the winnings and they will go to the next runner up.
    6. Jordan Lee will be eligible to win overall finishing payouts and prizes, but he will not be eligible for the Native Watercraft bonus payout.
    7. Anglers must utilize tourneyX to submit fish.
    8. The tournament will be open to 225 anglers which is subject to change by tournament date.
  2. Entry Fees
    1. Entry fee must be paid PRIOR to the event.
    2. Entry fees will be collected electronically.
    3. Late entry fees will be accepted at the discretion of each tournament director.
  3. Watercraft
    1. Only human-powered will be allowed (canoes, kayaks, SUP)
    2. No electric or gas motors permitted.
    3. Accommodations will be made for special needs anglers on a case to case basis.
    4. All fish must be taken from your vessel or by wading with the vessel tethered to the angler.
    5. Only one paid entrant per vessel.
  4. General Rules
    1. No fish will be kept in ice chests, baskets, stringers, etc.
    2. All fish must be caught live
    3. Fish may be held with Fish Grips prior to photo, but must be free while photo is taken
    4. All fish will be immediately released unharmed after photo has been taken.
    5. Each fish can only be submitted once.
    6. Fish must be caught using conventional rod/reel only
    7. All bass must be hooked inside the mouth
    8. Snatching or snagging fish is not permitted
    9. Artificial lures only
    10. Only 1 rod may be used at one time
    11. PFD must be vest-style and be visible on each angler at “All Times”
    12. A light, visible 360 degrees, must be used before sunrise and after sunset m.
    13. A flag must be displayed for visibility (see Visi carbon, vinyl orange construction flag, bicycle flag)
    14. Anglers must have all Coast Guard required safety equipment (light source, whistle or other audible signal device, Coast Guard approved chest-style life preserver [PFD]).
    15. Portaging: angler can portage over or around an obstruction as long as it is in the same waterway. No dragging across land to another body of water. No Boat shuttles.
  5. Qualifying Fish
    1. Largemouth Bass must be 12” in length.
    2. Fish will be caught, measured, photographed, and released.
    3. Fish will be photographed using a smartphone or digital camera.
  6. Weigh-In
    1. Anglers must return to designated check in location at the designated time.
    2. Anglers must turn in their identifier, verbally check in or sign-in with tournament director at designated time.
    3. Failure to check in at designated time will result in tournament disqualification
    4. If an angler must leave tournament early, angler must notify tournament director when leaving and arrange for fish to be judged
  7. Scoring
    1. Each angler will be given a unique identifier.
    2. Identifier must be visible in each photo.
    3. Fish will be measured to the nearest ¼”, rounding down.
    4. Tail must clearly touch or cross the original designed ¼ markings of the approved measuring device to be measured at that length.
  8. Photo Criteria
    1. Kayak must be visible in all photos
    2. Photo must include the entire fish.
    3. Fish must be facing left.
    4. Lip of fish must be touching end of measuring device.
    5. Mouth must be CLOSED (1/4” deduction for cracked mouth, 1” deduction for no attempt). If the Hawg Trough or Ketch Board can be seen between the lips, the mouth is cracked and will incur a ¼” deduction. If a fish measured at 12” receives a deduction that fish is disqualified.
    6. Dorsal fin must be facing upward.
    7. Tail must be centered and in a relaxed state
    8. Fish visibly unharmed.
    9. Markings on the measuring device must be clear and legible to the ¼”.
    10. Photos must be taken directly from above, not at an angle.
    11. Assigned identifier must be visible.
    12. Photo must be taken by same angler who caught fish.
    13. No restraining devices (stringers, fish grips, etc) allowed in any photos
    14. Hook must be removed from fish before taking photo
    15. Fish eye must be uncovered and visible
    16. No hands under fish gill plate
  9. Measuring Device
    1. The Hawg Trough and the Ketch Measuring Boards are the only approved measuring devices. One condition is that there are NO BLACK or DARK GREEN BOARDS ALLOWED.
    2. Measuring devices may be checked at any time.
    3. Measuring devices must be marked to the ¼”.
    4. A sticker or other contrast must be applied to the lip of the Measuring devices.
    5. Lines must be colored in or visible.
    6. If measuring devices cannot be read, measurement will be rounded down to nearest legible mark.
  10. Ties
    1. In the event of a tie, the angler with the longest fish breaks the tie
    2. If the longest fish is equal, the next longest fish is compared to break the tie
    3. In the event of a tie after comparing all fish, a drawing will determine the tie breaker
  11. Rules, Interpretations, and Protests
    1. All rules are decided on by Native Watercraft and tournament directors.
    2. Prior to the awarding of prizes, all potential cash winners will be allowed to view submitted fish. Then before issuing awards time must be allotted for anglers to lodge a protest. Thus, awards should be made only after determining there are no protests.
    3. Any challenges to the tournament results or rules must be presented prior to awards
    4. Once prizes have been awarded, tournament results are declared final.
  12. Polygraph
    1. By participating, all anglers agree to all rules set forth
    2. If an angler believes cheating has occurred during the tournament, angler must challenge results prior to awards
    3. Concerns must be brought immediately to tournament director
    4. Challenging angler will be responsible for payment of polygraph
    5. Polygraph must occur no later than 1 week from date of challenge
    6. Refusal of polygraph is an admittance of guilt which will result in statewide ban
  13. Payouts
    1. Please see payout structure found here based on number of tournament participants: https://nativewatercraft.com/tournament-of-the-titans-payouts/
    2. Minimum payouts described below.
      1. First Place Overall: $5,000 + One (1) Titan Propel 10.5* with Native Landing Gear
      2. Second Place Overall: $2,500 + One (1) Titan Propel 10.5*
      3. Third Place Overall: $1,250 + One (1) Titan Propel 10.5*
        • *Winners of a Titan Propel 10.5 must pick up the kayak at the Native Watercraft factory located at 210 Old Airport Road, Fletcher, NC 28732 within 2 (two) months of tournament completion. You cannot substitute the Titan Propel 10.5 for cash value. This is a product only prize.
      4. Bonus Payouts
        1. Bonus Payouts are for the top 3 anglers using a Native Watercraft kayak. To be eligible, the angler must use a Native Watercraft kayak through the entirety of the tournament.
          1. First Place Native Watercraft Kayak User: $1,500
          2. Second Place Native Watercraft Kayak User: $1,000
          3. Third Place Native Watercraft Kayak User: $500
    3. All payouts will be sent via check within 30 days of tournament completion.
  14. Competitor Conduct
    1. Competitors participating in any Native Watercraft sanctioned event must observe the applicable rules for the specific event in which they are participating and must conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects favorably on the sport of kayak bass fishing, Native Watercraft, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors. Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, integrity, safety and conservation in support of the sport of kayak bass fishing, especially when in the vicinity of non-Competitors who may be on or beside eligible waters. Any Competitor who violates these principles or behaves in ways the reflect unfavorably upon Native Watercraft efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may forfeit tournament winnings, face suspension from future Native Watercraft sanctioned events, be permanently banned from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by Native Watercraft.
    2. It is an obligation of Competitors to refrain from comments in public forums and social media or to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of Native Watercraft tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow Competitors or the Native Watercraft organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Public comments that a Competitor knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of Native Watercraft may result in disciplinary action.
    3. Publicly disputing any judgment decisions by Native Watercraft Tournament Directors or judges will result in participants receiving one warning followed by permanent disqualification for repeated offenses. Any public dispute of final rulings, ongoing determination by judges or judging panel is grounds for immediate disqualification from the current event and termination of any eligibility for future events, even if previously qualified. This is not in place to prevent any disputes; it is done to ensure that a fair and unbiased approach is used and the approved challenge and appeals processes are followed in determining the best possible outcome.